how far for a returning cyclist to ride

by chillifiend   May 27, 2011  

Hi everyone
here's hoping for some help i've recently started riding to work roughly 6 miles with a few ups and downs, i have been riding every other day for 2-3 weeks but this week my bus pass ran out and thought i'd give it a go everyday my journey takes between 25-30 mins but as i've been doing it everyday this week the tops of my legs are really sore, do people think i'm doing too much too soon or is it just right unfortunately there's not much flat riding in the black country (west mids area).

any help would be most welcome Confused

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For me training is a delicate balance, if I do too much I get a cold not enough and I feel a failure. It has taken me over a year to build up to riding 14 miles each way to work and back (painful Devon miles); however I am the wrong side of 40. If you are asking the question and have sore legs I suspect you are overdoing it. Forget no pain no gain. 2-3 weeks is not a long time; you could try riding at an easier pace or stick to alternate days. What are you trying to achieve? Get fit? lose weight? Are you preparing to compete? Save money? Nothing wrong with either option but trying to lose weight and train hard for competition for example is a mistake; You need the food and calories if you are training. Lower intensity training is better for losing weight. Cycling magazines and websites are a great source of information but will not beat joining a club! Take it easy; train smarter not harder!

posted by SideBurn [787 posts]
27th May 2011 - 9:02

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I think your every other day rides gave you recovery between rides. You are just not used to the new... No recovery rides. You might even be riding quite hard because of the recovery and you cannot sustain the higher energy out or rather lack of recovery between rides.

posted by l4urence [8 posts]
28th May 2011 - 17:46

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I would do a month of every other day as you have been and then increase that by one day each week from there on in.

The every other day you have been doing will soon show up "in terms of fitness" and you shouldnt find it too hard to handle the increases.

Whereabouts in Black Country? I'm in Wolverhampton and when working for someone else used to commute by bike every day 16 mile round trip but I also cycle at weekends, etc .... have to say though the commutes definitely helped the overall training..

Good Luck!!!!

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [300 posts]
31st May 2011 - 10:15

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